9 Sep 2015 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His sixth blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

What does it mean to be pure in heart? What does it mean that those who have a pure heart will see God? The word used in this verse for “pure” in Greek is καθαροὶ and is transliterated “katharos” (pronounced kath-ar-os’), which means “pure,” “clean,” “unstained,” “guiltless,” “innocent,” and “upright.” In Hebrew the word for “pure,” in the spiritual sense, is זַ֥ךְ and is transliterated zaḵ, meaning “pure” and “clean.”

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27 Jul 2015 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth

Blessed are the Meek

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His third blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

What does it mean to be meek, and what is this promise of an inheritance?  The word “meek” in Greek is πραεῖς or transliterated, “praus” or “praeis,” (pronounced prah-ooce’) meaning to be mild or gentle.  The world often views meekness as weakness, but what is weak in man’s eyes are really strengths and vice versa.  To be meek means that you hold strength in truth, but do not use your power with harshness.  We can be in the “right” but use it wrongly, being cruel and vain, whereas God wants us to be gentle and humble.

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20 Jul 2015 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted

Blessed are Those Who Mourn

Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6).  His second blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

The subject of human suffering is a stumbling block to a great many people, tripping people up in their understanding of who God is.  The oldest conundrum that people have mulled over for generations boils down to this one thing:  If there is a God that is all powerful how can he allow suffering?  Either he isn’t all powerful and can’t stop suffering, or he is all powerful and chooses not to stop suffering, and either way they don’t want to follow “that kind” of God. Read More “Blessed are Those Who Mourn” »